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Fresno County hiring 30 Juvenile Correctional Officers

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If you are eager to make a difference in the lives of troubled youth, Fresno County could use your help.

The Juvenile Justice Campus, south of Fresno, is hiring to fill 30 Juvenile Correctional Officer I vacancies.

Those who work here say it takes a special person to do the job, looking after 237 boys and girls in custody.

"We are not here to further their punishment, because they're being locked up is punishment enough. We are trying to rehabilitate them,” says Nicholas Butler, a Supervising Juvenile Correction Officer.

He has worked at the Juvenile Justice Campus, off American and Highway 99, for the past five years.

His passion for the jobs comes from surviving some of the same hardships the kids in custody face.

"I was in a single parent home and sports saved my life,” say the former Fresno State Football player. "We wear many hats. We are role models, coaches, teachers and parents at times and authority figure at the same time and that's some of the things the youth don't even have that."

Now he and others strive to help them tap into their potential-- to show them hope, is not lost.

"The most rewarding part is knowing your making a positive, impactful difference in their lives. You get to interact with them one on one and make that positive interaction and positive difference in them,” says Marisol Kaehler, also a Supervising Juvenile Correction Officer.

The 30 vacancies are the result of promotions, retirements and people who have moved onto other jobs.

Requirements include:

  • 18 years of age
  • Valid Driver’s License
  • Complete 60 units at the college/university level
  • Pass a polygraph and written test

"At the end of the day they are still youth. And we can talk to them to where they made a bad mistake and when they get older, they can be productive citizens and change their lives around," Butler says.

The salary for a Juvenile Correctional Officer I ranges from $2,900 to $3,700 a month.

Some part-time positions are available.

The deadline to apply is Friday, July 21st at 4:00 p.m.

Click here for the job listing and application.

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